How to Explain Game of Thrones

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Last line, love it

June 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGreg

I've been meaning to buy the game of thrones books so this comic seems as good a time as any to use your amazon link and go order the set for my kindle.

June 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterClamdigger

Well, actually there are a few 100% bad characters- Joffrey Baratheon, Ramsay Bolton and Gregor Clegane pretty much have zero redeeming or sympathetic qualities. But all in all, most characters have at least one flaw and/or redeeming feature to make them three-dimesional.

However, I do love how even the bad guys often have pretty nasty things happen to them. It's not just "bad guys win", everyone is pretty much screwed.

June 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJoshua

The official summary I heard back when I was reading the books (years before HBO got interested) was:
"Bad things happen to good people. Bad things happen to bad people. Bad things happen to bad things."

June 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKonrad

"...[D]oomed in complex ways." -- Mother of God! You just described the human male husband condition..

June 27, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterperlcat

Favorite characters unexpectedly dying?
What is this, Homestuck?

June 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDescriptor

After three intense seasons [edited out for spoilers]. I'm afraid that my head will explode.

June 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnders

I love you, man. That first panel. "It'd just be me shaking you and screaming in your face." I'm glad that I now know what to say, next time someone asks me about Game of Thrones. I'm reading the books, and getting people telling me about the show. It's gone so far afield, according to my friends, that they might as well have it retitled. Who's for watching some "The show formerly named Game of Thrones"?

June 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterZee

You forgot about Arya, she is 100% gold. But yeah, most characters are very interesting, with their conflicting morals and motivations.

June 28, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterbarbaz

You forgot the most important fact about game of thrones: it will not be finished. Ever.

June 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJL

It's also quite interesting how good characters turn out to be bad in some ways and bad characters turn out to almost be heroes, it's definitely something that twists away from what you think will happen.

June 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterUltimaWraith

It's exactly like "The Wire," but completely different!

June 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBooger

I've never seen an episode, but this comic sums up the conversations I've had/overheard about it.

June 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBeardo

This calls for a lively helping of boiled neeps, and shivering stew, washed down with a flagon of Dornish ale.

June 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterR. Dan

I'm halfway through the second book and, having seen none of the show, I appreciate everyone's spoiler avoidance. That said, I started reading right after the Red Wedding episode, and people were like, "Shoot, how are you going to avoid TV spoilers when everyone's flipping out on Facebook and Twitter?" People who don't know GRRM don't understand that "a lot of people die" isn't a spoiler. It's practically the tagline of the series.


June 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMKE Dave

You are on a roll. The last several comics have been spectacular.

June 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAdam H.

I love that the drawing of Rick overlapping between the 1st and 2nd panels. Maybe this has been a regular artistic aspect of the comic, but I just noticed it. Very cool Scott!

June 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDW

In some ways, GoT reminds me of the middle seasons of Babylon 5. Who'd have thought in season 1 that they'd ever be afraid of Londo Mollari? Who'd have thought they'd feel sorry for G'kar? Who'd have thought by the end that they'd feel sorry for Londo again? Kind of like that, only with more blood, whores, and eating.

June 28, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterkhereva

Imagine dozens of people wandering around unseeing in a dark room. This is Game of Thrones. Lots of these people want to find something in the room, so they run around touching things and trying to find what they want.

The floor in the room is made of knives, as are the walls and most of the furniture. Every now and then a grizzly bear is released into the room. The bear is made of knives.

Meanwhile the roof is grinding slowly downwards, waiting to crush all the people. Together they could all stop it but they're too busy trying to murder each other to get stuff.

The stuff they're trying to get is knives.

June 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterInnominate

"No, they're all totally doomed," -- Hey, that is like real life.

June 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSumocat

Arya is awesome, but she's not 100% good.

June 28, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterbonhomous

Every panel; vast and mighty punchline.
Panel three's: that's my policy.
Panel two's: almost peed myself laughing.
Scott, there's a carreer for you as a reviewer if you ever want to moonlight!

June 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDee

You sir, have managed to successfully sum up all of the books very nicely. I am impressed!

June 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEric L

I almost didn't make it to panel 2 because I laughed at 1 for too long.

June 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEaglesQuestions

Well played Scott, well played. "shaking you, and screaming in your face" is what it feels like to read GoT sometimes..

June 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDavid


So it's like if you took The Wire, and forged it into chainmail?

June 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJoel

"You forgot about Arya, she is 100% gold. "

Yes, and not on a remotely worrying arc of character development. Stab away, little girl!

June 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJohn

Rick's observation in panel 3 is pretty much on the money.

Maybe I would like "Game of Thrones" if I gave it a chance, but I rather suspect that I wouldn't. It's more what I know about the tastes of the people who do like it than anything else. Unfair to the author, I know. He can't pick his fans.

June 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMarco

Love this one.

And here's a little something for everyone that's read the books [especially those of us who have been into the series since before the HBO series]:

June 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMugician13

Ya, panel three pretty much covers life...

June 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterInfogleaner

"Yeah, I don't watch fantasy shows because I like real life." that's how I feel too! I need happy endings :)

June 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKristina L

Look, just as long as we get to 'ship Arya and Gendry, we'll be fine... really, we'll be fi... Martin, why are you aiming a rusty chainsaw at Gendry?! NO MARTIN! NOOOOOOOOooooo

June 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPaulW

I've been watching the series from the beginning and was going to start reading the books, but after the end of season 1 when the first of the good guys "lost is head" so to speak I said screw-it.

But I kept watching, hoping Ned's kids get their revenge, and wanting that Joffrey punk kid to get his head chopped off, and was thinking of reading the books again. But after the last episode of this season where, as everyone knows, everyone dies, I've given up. No more GoT for me, either in print or on the tube. I'm not going to invest any more time or emotion on this. If I want drama, aggravation and back-stabbing, all I have to do is go to work. I don't need it at home just before I go to bed.

June 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterXrayvizhen

Rick is spilling out of the second frame. Is this a new stylistic element, or am I just unobservant?

June 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGary

I gave up reading the books on volume 2 or 3, after the Nth time he waved the "the only remaining character with any redeeming values whatsoever just got killed horribly".

Yeh, bad things happen to bad people, sometimes, but mostly they seem to happen to good people, or else he was killing off all the good people in books 1 and 2 to get them out of the way, and hadn't really started killing off the total bastards yet.

June 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterResuna

I think that Rick's comment should be "Yeah, I don't watch fantasy shows because I don't like real life", then it would make sense in the context of the previous statement by Scott. Particularly because the "yeah" implies agreeing with the previous statement. Was a "don't" accidentally dropped from his response?

June 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDale

Dale, you're misreading it. He's not saying "I don't watch fantasy shows, and the reason for that is that I like real life", he's saying "I watch fantasy shows, but the reason for that is not that I like real life".

July 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJohn

My Wife and I have started watching Thame of Groans; and we are having trouble keeping all the characters straight.
Let's see, there's King Robbie-Me-Boy Barely-Barrable and his wife Cherish; her twin brother Twinion and the dwarf called Zippy; Daenerys Benadryl, only daughter of Advil Tarragon; and Caetelyn Tylenol, married to Eddie Izzard;. Right?
Trying to remember them all is giving me a headache.

July 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBig Sur Ridgewalker

Think Geek has shared this one on Facebook. Scott, you're famous!

July 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJoan

I'm afraid that GoT ultimately is just a story you'd expect to see on SyFy. Like, "Mega Python vs. Gatoroid" was never about Debbie Gibson and Tiffany; it was about a giant snake fighting a giant alligator. Similarly, the characters in GoT are filler to occupy us up to the real "plot," which is a damn fight between dragons and zombies.

July 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterThe Snark
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